Christmas Awards 2011

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Compromised Hearts

Compromised Hearts by Hannah Howell

Publisher: Zebra

November 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4201-0467-7

Pages: 421

Colorado Territory 1870

Emily Brockinger is traveling from Boston to the Colorado Territory to stay with her brother. What she doesn’t expect is to have the wagon train she is traveling with to be attacked by Indians. Now she is struggling to make it to her brother’s home safely while caring for a small boy, Thornton, since they are the only two survivors of the attack. Just as she thinks she has been rescued she finds out she just might have more problems than she thought possible.

Cloud Ryder crests a rise and finds the last thing he ever thought he would see, a woman and small boy struggling across the land without the first idea of how to truly survive. Once Cloud gets his first up close look at Emily he knows that the only thing he cares about is getting her into his bed. Knowing that she isn’t the type to just fall into some man’s bed he is going to have to be devious about getting her into his. Cloud gives Emily an ultimatum he will get her to safety but for him to do that she will have to share his bed for the duration of the trip.

Emily knows that she and Thornton have been lucky up to now in being able to survive. Emily also knows that if the want to make it to her brother safely she is going to have to accept Cloud’s proposal. What she is starting to fear is that Cloud is getting much more than her body and she doesn’t seem able to stop herself from falling in love with Cloud. Now she is going to have to find a way into Cloud’s heart so that when the trip is finally over he won’t want to leave her at her brother’s. That might not be very easy to do though. With all the trouble they are facing on the trail they will be lucky to finally make it to their destination in one piece. Only time will tell if they are going to be able to do that or not.

This is a story that is guaranteed to make the reader feel good. It has humor and action that keep the story moving at a very brisk pace that makes it very hard to put it down once the reader starts it. The characters are well developed and fun to read about and see how they will handle each situation that is thrown their way. Emily is very spirited and watching her having to deal with different parts of Cloud’s past is fun and will be sure to have the reader laughing at what she gets up to with each bit she is forced to deal with. You never know what she will do next. And you are never disappointed in what she does.

I give this one 5 red roses

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